Thursday, March 24, 2011

My Knock Off Pet Food Pail

I don't remember if it was Ballard or Pottery Barn (I suspect PB) that had some cute 'personalized' cans for dog food and cat food.  When I saw them, I knew that I could make them!  And I've seen some knock offs in blog land, and that sealed the deal!!

Lucy had been an outside dog until this happened:

Yep - - that was the ice storm of '11.  Big ole branch came crashing down, right on her pen.  Good thing she was in her house (the one in the pen, not the other one)......  Mr. Inspiring put her in the garage after that happened.  And because she made no messes in the garage, he FINALLY believed me and my son that she was 'potty trained'.  Mr. I-really-hate-dog-slobber decided she could come in.  And he has spoiled her rotten!!!  Everytime we go to WalMart to get her some food, she has to have a new toy (or 2) and some treats!! 

We had always kept her food in a galvanized trash can in the garage.  And when she moved in the house, her food didn't.  We had to go out to the garage to get it for her.  Which, in a 'normal' house that wouldn't be a problem.  However, I KNOW I've never claimed my house to be normal......    It was built in the very late 60's or very early 70's, and didn't have a garage.  It had a carport.  That someone decided to make into a garage.  But...........  there's no door from the house to the garage/carport.  You either have to go out the front door or out the sliding glass door on the back.  That's ok on a nice day.  But this is the 'rainy' season....

I had Mr. Inspiring empty the food into another container and I taped off the handles.  I got some semi-gloss black spray paint and painted the outside of the galvanized trash can.  I think I put about 4 coats on it.  A couple of days later, I cut the cute letters out of vinyl (some more of my stash from our graphics place in town - Thanks again, Mr. B!!) using my cricut.  I used my SCAL2 and downloaded the fonts.  Too Cute!!

Here's the end result.

Now, we can have her food in the house, and it looks kind of fancy!!!

I'm also working on another one for the cat food.  My other 2 furbabies feel left out and they told me about it last night..........  I'll post that one later this weekend!

I hope you're having a great week so far!!    NINE more days til vacation!!  I'm soo ready!!

Hugs ~~ Suz

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  1. Love it! Cannot wait to see the cat food one. My cats will be envious.

  2. This is such a good idea, I love the lettering. I'm sure Lucy knows it's her fancy can and I'm sure her food tastes better too:)

  3. Spruces up the whole idea of making sure the dog has food! Very nice!

  4. Thank you for the comments, ladies!

    Princess - I'm going to try to finish up the cat food can tomorrow morning. My 1 1/2 year old grandson is coming to spend the night tomorrow night. When he's here, all I do is play!!

    Betsy - Lucy thinks ALL food is her's!! She's just too cute!! But yes, she knows that her food comes out of the big can!!

    Thanks, Mom! I love easy quick projects that look like they were really hard to make! Kind of like that old rice crispies treats commercial!!

    And, Carri, having her food in that, vs. keeping in in the bag looks A LOT better, too!!

    Thanks, again!! I hope you all have a great weekend!!

    Hugs ~~ Suz

  5. Oh my, what a great idea. I can't wait to see the cats container. We have our bird food stored in those kinds of cans. I can just see them painted a Robin's Egg blue (well maybe a cream color) with black little birds painted on them. I'm pretty new to blogging and can't believe what I've been missing. I am now your newest follower! If you get a chance stop by my home at

    Peace, Love & Decorate

  6. I am IN LOVE with this and am SO doing one:)

    Thank you for linking this up to WHASSUP WEDNESDAY!

    Hope to see you next Wednesday:)



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